Heise, Ursula K.


Marcia H. Howard Chair in Literary Studies
Department of English
Institute of the Environment & Sustainability
Office: Kaplan 262
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Ursula K. Heise teaches in the Department of English and at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. Her research and teaching focus on contemporary literature; environmental culture in the Americas, Western Europe and Japan; narrative theory; media theory; literature and science; and science fiction. Her books include Chronoschisms: Time, Narrative, and Postmodernism (Cambridge University Press, 1997), Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global (Oxford University Press, 2008),  Nach der Natur: Das Artensterben und die moderne Kultur (After Nature: Species Extinction and Modern Culture, Suhrkamp, 2010), and Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species (University of Chicago Press, 2016).

Heise is the Managing Editor of Futures of Comparative Literature: The ACLA Report on the State of the Discipline (Routledge, 2016), and co-editor, with Jon Christensen and Michelle Niemann, of The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities (2016). She is editor of the bookseries, Literatures, Cultures, and the Environment with Palgrave-Macmillan and co-editor of the series Literature and Contemporary Thought with RoutledgeShe is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and served as President of ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment) in 2011.

Detailed information about her publications, upcoming lectures, and courses can be found on her website:

Interest Areas
• Ecocriticism / Environmental Humanities / Biopolitics
• Critical Theory
• Postcolonial Theory / Transnational Studies
• Visual Culture / Media Studies / Digital Humanities
• Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction
• Narrative Theory